In 1993 April Wagner began creating glass artwork that she signed with the name “epiphany”. The name “epiphany” represents a series of colorful, contemporary semi-abstracted vessel shapes. The process used for creating the epiphany work is traditionally termed “fazzoletto”, which means the glass is blown in a free form manner. This is an ancient technique developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers in the 1930’s. The epiphany pieces are created referencing the Italians, but adding a contemporary twist that consists of complex color theory and a unique way of sculpting solid glass bits onto the exterior of the pieces. No molds are used during the creation of these pieces.
In 1997 April began building her state-of-the-art glassblowing facility in Pontiac, Michigan. To create the “epiphany studios” April hired the same company from Seattle that built glassblowing studios for Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Steuben, and the Corning Museum. One truly outstanding and unique feature of the epiphany studio is its very large, and sophisticated reheating chamber. The reheating chamber is crucial in the sculpting of each glasswork. The epiphany reheating chamber is 52″ x 41″. The jumbo size enables April to create the large-scale pieces her customers are demanding. Other attributes of the studio are the revolutionary round 800-pound tank furnace that creates a higher quality of glass, a metal fabrication shop, a cold working facility with etching capabilities, a photo studio, and a 1,000-square foot gallery complete with kitchen, laundry, and shower facilities.In 2003, at the request of her clients, April began creating large scale one-of-a-kind sculptures, signed with her own name.
Over the years April found the demand for large scale sculptures to be so overwhelming that in 2010 she stopped creating many of the epiphany styles and shifted her focus almost entirely to creating sculptures.Not wanting to leave out many of her long time clients who could not afford these high-end sculptures April began the “studio e” gift line. These pieces sell for under $100 and are created by the studio assistants.
No matter what style of work is being created “April Wagner” sculptures, “epiphany” vessels, or “studio e” gifts, April maintains that every piece has a high level craftsmanship, creativity, and that overall excellence is achieved.